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InnoVision Awards Announces 2022 Award Winners, Honors Nephron’s Lou Kennedy; Zylo and Prisma also Honored

Lou Kennedy

InnoVision awards recognize innovation in South Carolina annually through its InnoVision Awards program.  The InnoVision finalists and winners reflect both the strength of the innovation economy in—and across—South Carolina After a month of Meet the Finalists virtual receptions, sponsored by the South Carolina Research Authority,  InnoVision recognized the award winners in a live-streamed Awards Celebration, sponsored by Contec, Inc.  All finalists and winners were showcased with video highlights of their inspiring innovations.

The winners are….

The Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award:  Lou Kennedy, CEO and Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals (SCbio Board Chair)

The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovators Award:  The Pee Dee Idea Challenge Program and 2022 Student Winner Greyson Johnson

Technology Development AwardVictory ExoFibres, LLC

Technology Application Award: Zylo Therapeutics (SCbio Member Company)

Small Business Award: Asset LLC

Sustainability Award:   VBase Oil Company

Education Award:  MedEx Academy—Prisma Health (SCbio Member Company)

Community Service Award:  SMVF Crisis Intercept Mapping for Suicide Prevention

Amy Robichaud, Chair of the InnoVision Awards Board said, “ The 2022 finalists being showcased during the Awards Celebration are a testament to the advancement of innovation across the state, and in multiple areas vital to our continuing advancement and economic growth. We were inspired by and impressed by each one.”

Incoming Chair Cian Robinson remarked, saying “You can see that South Carolina produces very impressive innovators— across industries and within large multinationals, small businesses and start-up businesses as well as within education and community service organizations. And there are robust and developing innovation and entrepreneurial support organizations that assist them along the journey from invention or innovation to commercial and community success.”

A replay of the event featuring the finalist and winner showcase videos can be found by clicking here.  The individual video for each of these winners (and fellow finalists) are posted on and YouTube. 

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Tamia Sumpter

Tamia is a driven senior undergraduate Bioengineering student currently enrolled at Clemson University. With a strong foundation in her field, she has honed her skills through hands-on experience in research and development at Eli Lilly & Company. During her time in the ADME department, Tamia contributed significantly by working on siRNAs and their applications in finding In Vitro-In Vivo Correlation (IVIVC). Looking ahead, Tamia has set her sights on a promising career in law. She aspires to specialize in Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on serving as in-house counsel for leading medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Her enthusiasm for this role is palpable as she prepares to embark on her legal journey! She is also a proud member of the Omicron Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PEER Mentor for Clemson PEER/WiSE, and currently serves as the President of Clemson Bioengineering Organization (CBO). With her unique blend of scientific knowledge and legal interests, Tamia is poised to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare and life sciences industries.